The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has initiated the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental consequences of the Coquille Indian Tribe’s (Tribe) application for a proposed 2.4-acre fee-to-trust transfer and gaming facility project to be located in the City of Medford, Jackson County, Oregon, adjacent to the northeastern boundary of Highway 99, between Charlotte Ann Lane and Lowry Lane. The proposed action would transfer approximately 2.4 acres of land from fee to trust status, upon which the Tribe would renovate an existing bowling alley to convert it into a gaming facility. Adjacent fee land would be used for parking. For the purpose of the EIS, the BIA will serve as the Lead Agency for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The BIA published a Notice of Intent for the Coquille Indian Tribe Fee-to-Trust and Gaming Facility Project in the Federal Register on January 15, 2015 (80 FR 2120) and in the Mail Tribune on Friday, January 16 and Sunday, January 18. The BIA is extending the comment period to Thursday, March 19, 2015. Please refer to the January 15, 2015 Notice of Intent (80 FR 2120) and Notice of Extension for additional details and instructions for submitting comments.